The Difference Between Quartz And Granite Countertops
Both quartz and granite countertops are highly featured in luxury kitchen and bath designs, but they’re distinct materials with their own pros and cons. If you’re looking for a gorgeous and versatile material, either of them will work — here’s how you can decide between the two. You can also visit a kitchen and bath showroom to see the differences in person.
What’s the Difference Between Quartz and Granite?
Both less and more than you might think. To start, granite is actually composed of quartz — up to 50 % quartz. Quartz is what gives granite its depth and shine: there are usually small flecks of both quartz and feldspar within a granite counter.
Granite is a naturally occurring material, which is cut into a slab and then polished.
Quartz, on the other hand, is artificial and manmade. It is composed almost entirely out of quartz, but it is designed to be composed entirely of quartz.
The Case for Granite Counters
As a naturally occurring material, granite’s value is highly variable. However, high-end, rarer forms of granite are much more expensive than quartz (and, consequently, add more value to a home).
Low-end granite is still very attractive and often less expensive than any quartz counter. Granite counters have more natural variability than quartz counters.
The Case for Quartz Counters
Compared to granite, quartz is both harder and more durable, with fewer flaws and able to withstand more significant temperatures. However, quartz also has a more homogenous appearance: it’s generally made out of flatter colours, which may not add as much appeal. Quartz is going to last much longer than granite overall, even if both materials are very strong.
Are you ready to renovate? Before you decide between quartz or granite, you may want to visit a showroom and review your options.
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